Danske Commodities, founded in 2004, is an energy trading company in Aarhus. They trade energy from the sun and wind with 39 countries globally. Aarhus city council has an ambition to make the city of Aarhus CO2 neutral by 2030 by using renewable energy amongst other approaches.
By Solee Im & Sofie Bladt
The Danish parliament adopted a new climate law on December 6th in 2019, committing to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Aarhus, as the second largest city in Denmark, has been taking an active step toward eco-friendly policies. Being more ambitious than the rest of Denmark Aarhus aims to make the city CO2-neutral by 2030. Currently Aarhus is working on the 2016-2020 climate plan as part of the process to implement initiatives to reach the 2030 goal. The 2016-2020 climate plan is based on the City Council’s climate strategy “On the way to fossil freedom”. It brings direction and focus to those areas where special efforts will be made in the years to come to promote transition in the community, and to reduce CO2 emissions in Aarhus.
Danske Commodities’ main task is to find the places where the weather forecast has changed and take advantage of it. They have hired meteorologists to find the best location to get renewable energy. They are experienced in optimizing the use and production of energy and could be a valuable partner for the city of Aarhus.
“We are open to a partnership with Danske Commodities, but we have had to characterize the current challenges of the energy use before contacting partners to supply renewable energy. But they would definitely be an interesting partner”, says Louise Langbak Hansen, chief consultant in Strategic Energy Planning, Office of Climate and Green Transition in Aarhus Municipality.
Although it is attainable, the transition to sustainable energy has some challenges. It is impossible to replace all fossil consumption with renewable energy produced only in Denmark. So the city plan is to reduce energy consumption and create balance in the energy system that way.